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KALW Almanac: Tue. Dec. 13, 2016

"Ice cream torch," by Flickr user Sasa Stucin. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0. Cropped from original.

Today Tuesday, 13th of December of 2016, is the 348th day of the year. There are 18 days remaining until the end of the year. The sun rose in San Francisco at 7:18 am and sunset will be at 4:52 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 12:05 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:51 am 

and the next low tide will be at 4:53 pm. 

The only high tide of the day will be at 10:10 am.
Moon: 99.5% a Near Full Moon (Waxing Gibbous)
We will have a proper Full Moon today, Tuesday the 13th of December of 2016 at 4:06 pm

Moonrise Today: 5:09 pm↑ 67° East

Moonset Today: 6:39 am↑ 293° Northwest

Last Quarter Moon of the month will fall in 8 days on Tuesday, the 20th of December of 2016 at 5:56 pm

Winter Solstice occurs the following day, Wednesday December 21, 2016 at 2:44 am 

We'll have a New Moon in 16 days on a Wednesday the 28th of December of 2016 at 10:53 pm

and First Quarter Moon of the new year will happen in 23 days on Thursday the 5th of January of 2017 at 11:47 am

Today is Ice Cream Day

National Cocoa Day

National Violin Day

Pick a Pathologist Pal Day
It’s also…

Acadian Remembrance Day among the Acadians of Canada and the Cajuns in the USA

Martial Law Victims Remembrance Day in Poland

Nusantara Day in Indonesia

Republic Day in Malta

Sailor's Day in Brazil

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this special day with…

1816 – Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded Siemens (d. 1892)

1818 – Mary Todd Lincoln, 16th First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)

1903 – Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986)

1903 – Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1993)

1911 – Kenneth Patchen, American poet and painter (d. 1972)

1920 – George P. Shultz, American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State

1925 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer

1929 – Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor and producer

1945 – Herman Cain, American businessman and political activist

1948 – Lester Bangs, American journalist and author (d. 1982)

1948 – Ted Nugent, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1953 – Ben Bernanke, American economist and academic

1954 – Steve Forbert, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1957 – Steve Buscemi, American actor and director

1967 – Jamie Foxx, American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1989 – Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

On this day in history…

1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.

1642    Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in present-day New Zealand.

1769    Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter.

1862    Confederate forces dealt Union troops a major defeat at the Battle of 
Fredericksburg in Virginia.

1928 – George Gershwin's An American in Paris is first performed.

1981 – General Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland, largely due to the actions by the Solidarity labor movement. Martial law formally ended in 1983.

1989    South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town.

2000    Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency 36 days after Election Day.

2001    The Pentagon released a captured videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader said the deaths and destruction achieved by the Sept. 11 attacks exceeded his "most optimistic" expectations.

2001    President George W. Bush served formal notice that the United States was pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.

2002    Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal.

2003    Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, near his hometown of Tikrit.